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Upazila poll: Vote count underway

Update : 27 Feb 2014, 12:47 PM

The counting of votes is underway as the second phase of upazila elections across 115 upazilas of the country has ended amidst sporadic clashes, ballot snatching, poll boycotts and casualty.

The voting began from 8am on Thursday and continued until 4pm without any break. The votes were counted at the polling stations after the election.

BNP have boycotted the election in at least 10 upazilas including Barisal, Bhola and Madaripur. Voting has been suspended in at least 30 centres.

One activist of the Islami Chhatra Shibir died in clashes with law enforcers at a polling centre under the Noakhali Sadar upazila around afternoon. Later the upazila election in Noakhali Sadar was halted.

A total of 1,376 candidates from the ruling Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party and Jamaat-e-Islami are contesting in the polls.

A total of 515 candidates were contesting for the position of chairman, 521 for that of vice-chairman and 340 for reserved woman vice-chairman.

Election Commission officials said the EC had appointed 8,136 presiding officers and 108,872 polling officers to hold the polls.

Bangladesh Army, paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Ansar VDP and mobile courts were deployed to ensure security.

The third phase of upazila election will be held across 83 upazilas on March 15. 92 upazilas will undergo upazila poll in the fourth phase on March 23.

The fifth phase of upazila election will be held across 74 upazilas on March 31.

The first phase polls were held on February 19 across 97 upazilas. BNP came out victorious in majority.

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